The protagonists of The Italian Stone Theatre
ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS
DISCOVER ALL THE DESIGNERS AND ARCHITECTS WHO REALIZED THE INSTALLATIONS PRESENTED AT MARMOMAC
The aim of the Italian Stone Theatre at Marmomac is to make lithic design one of the driving factors of
made in Italy marble and to make it representative of the capacities for innovation in language, in
processing materials and in production techniques, characteristics and qualities of which our Country still
holds the leadership.
The best of Italian Stone Theatre
2015 5 YEARS OF PROJECTS 2019
WHO THEY ARE
Marco Acerbis was born in 1973 and completed his studies in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic University in 1998. Between 1997 and 2004, he lived and worked in London where he collaborated with Foster & Partners. On returning to Italy, he opened his own architecture and design studio. Fascinated by design without limits of scale, he soon began to explore innumerable topics with a constant intertwining of skills, intuitions and technologies with the aim of creating a global project space. He has won several awards and prizes in the world of architecture and design alike.
Mattia Albicini, Luca Martorano
Luca Martorano and Mattia Albicini graduated in 2005 in industrial design at Politecnico di Milano, but only met in 2008. After a few years spent in London and Sydney respectively, in 2011 they returned to Italy and worked intensively on numerous projects: from the very beginning their functional vision of design aimed at balancing technique and style, tradition and innovation, equally led them to coordinate projects in a wide range of fields. In 2018 they founded DRAW, which is not only a Studio based in Milan and Bolzano, but also a concept, a brand defined around their own design vision. Their values aim at production quality, expressiveness, and a composed and measured elegance. DRAW is a container of projects in the field of furniture and interior design, and it also collects production experiences that are very different from each other, where each output is united to the others by depth of research, maximum care in every detail, attention to the relationship among the people involved, and certainly, from the first sketches to the final result, they are all fuelled by a genuine passion for drawing.
Maurizio Barberio is a PhD Architect. He currently teaches Architectural Design and Digital Fabrication in the CESAR Specialization Course at the Polytechnic University of Bari. His research and professional activity concerns the areas of architectural design, architectural didactics, digital design and digital fabrication, with a specialization in the field of stone architecture. In this regard he has co-designed and exhibited several built prototypes, published articles and presented papers at international conferences. He is co-founder of the New Fundamentals Research Group and the architecture firm Barberio Colella ARC. He is a licensed architect in Italy.
Bellan was born in 1980 and is an Industrial Designer. In 2006 he specialized with honours in Product Design at IUAV University in Venice. He works as a freelance with companies and institutions in fields embracing product design and branding, as well as art director. A member of ADI, since 2015 he has been part of the ADI VTAA Permanent Design Observatory. He has collaborated with IUAV since 2006 and in 2013 became a contract lecturer in Product Design. He has also lectured at UNIBZ since 2018. In 2020, he founded the ATELIERINDUSTRIA team. Awards: Lucky Strike Junior Designer Award 2004, Festival Città Impresa 2010, Working Capital PNI 2011, ADI Index 2017 and LDD 2019.
Nicolas Bertoux was born in France and began his career as an interior architect in Paris before focusing entirely on sculpture. His main goal is to integrate his works into the environment by taking inspiration from the space, culture, history and nature of the location. His monumental sculptures have been installed in France at the European Parliament in Strasbourg and in Ronchamp city centre. Other public art projects can be seen in Taiwan at the Taipei Transport Institute, the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts and the Hsin Chu Cultural Centre, as well as Shanghai Corporate Avenue and the Beijing Olympic Park in China.
Shajay is an Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects(ZHA) where he heads the research activities of the Zaha Hadid Computation and Design (CODE) group that he co-founded with Patrik Schumacher and Nils Fischer. He also works as a studio master at the Design Research Laboratory Master’s program at the Architectural Association (AA), London. He pursues his research in structure and fabrication aware architectural geometry as a PhD Candidate at the Block Research Group, ETH Zurich. Previously, he has worked at Populous, London and completed his M.Phil from the University of Bath and M. Arch from the AA School of Architecture, London.
Riccardo Blumer, Matteo Borghi
Blumerandfriends is a research method that Riccardo Blumer started around 2005 thanks to a collaboration with the Spanish designer Adrian Freire and the architect Matteo Borghi, with whom he began a series of constructive experiments to understand the behaviour of some phenomena and materials through direct experience. The main purpose is to create opportunities to learn more about natural phenomena for the artificial creative act, which they suggest directly.
Bonomo is a young designer born in 1986 boasting a dynamic and highly personal style. His technical training is matched by a vocation for creativity, having perfected his professional expertise in close contact with production companies, thereby developing high-level skills especially in the furniture sector. In 2016 he founded B Studio Interni, a lively new reality in the interior design panorama. Proposal going beyond customary scenarios, made to measure furnishings as part of a complete, truly tailor-made offering. In a context of constant research and improvement, Bonomo developed solutions and ideas with unique and original flair.
Paolo Brambilla, Fabio Calvi
The world of the project is investigated through a creative approach in which imagination matters as much as the functional rigor and control in all the implementation phases. Since 2006, Fabio Calvi and Paolo Brambilla work together with interior architecture, setups and product design. Fabio Calvi (1969) studied architecture in Milan and London. After collaborations with Frattini and Laviani, he opened his own studio in 2004. Paolo Brambilla (1973) studied architecture in Milan and Barcelona. He teached Interior Design at the Politecnico of Milan and he was a Councilor of the Chambers of Architects of Milan.
Born in Verona in 1975, graduate in Architecture at Iuav in Venice and since 2004 a member of the Order of Architects of the province of Verona. As a university student Canale laid the foundations for a solid career, following exhibit design projects for Italian and foreign customers. His versatility and extensive international research activities have involved him in projects in Europe and the United States in the luxury and design sectors. He has a solid rationalist taste combined with a visionary spirit: the linear and clean nature of his work combine different experiences including industrial construction, interior design and product design.
I was born in Chile in 1972. I trained as a carpenter with my father before becoming an architect. Study architecture at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. I’m graduated in 1996, and I became Architect in January 2000. Do studies of Doctorate in Architecture and Urban Studies in 2005. My works have been published in Germany, China, Spain, England, Portugal, Japan, Mexico, among others. I have been invited to international events, conferences and workshops, by Universities and Colleges of Architects. I have worked for 3 years with the National Architecture Award 2014: Teodoro Fernández, and 5 years with the 2006 National Architecture Prize: Germán del Sol. I am currently working with the architect Smiljan Radic and I am a professor of Architecture in the Universidad Católica de Chile.
Sam Chermayeff, Johanna Meyer- Grohbrügge
Studio is a collaborative practice: Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge from Germany and Sam Chermayeff from New York. The two met at SANAA in Tokyo where they worked from 2005 to 2010. June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge&Chermayeff begins with a desire to make things, places and atmospheres for people. The office and work aims to have people relate to architecture, for architecture to relate to people and for people to relate to themselves. June14 searches for an understanding of different ways of living and working in the contemporary world. The work stems from a belief that architecture can make things happen and that things can happen to architecture. The office is an exchange with its users. It is open to new ideas.
Aldo Cibic was born in Vicenza, Italy, in 1955. In 1981, as a partner in Sottsass Associati, he was a founding member of Memphis. His projects, such as “Microrealities” (2004) and “Rethinking Happiness” (2010), have been presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale. With Cibicworkshop, a multidisciplinary research centre, he began to focus more heavily on alternative sustainable project types aimed at enhancing whole local areas and defining new cultural, emotional and environmental awarenesses of public space. Aldo Cibic teaches at the Politecnico di Milano, the IUAV, Venice, and the Domus Academy; he is an honorary professor at the Tongji University, Shanghai.
Vincenzo Colecchia, Stefano Guidotti
After completing his design studies in Florence, Stefano Guidotti began his career in Naples. There, he became versed in the ceramic and porcelain traditions that led him to become creative director for Richard Ginori. He has been creative director for Baxter since 2011. His style is a blend of modern, vintage and ethnic influences. After completing cabinetmaking studies in Cantù, Vincenzo Colecchia graduated in architecture in Milan. He collaborated for a decade with Paolo Deganello. During this time, he learned about the social responsibility aspects of a project. From 2011 to 2015, he collaborated with Ferruccio Laviani and was in charge of products, fittings and interior architecture. Since 2016, he has been an architect with Baxter’s Office Style section.
Micaela Colella is an architect and doctoral graduate student at the Argonauti Consortium (University of Rome Three and Bari Polytechnic). Her research focuses on the sustainable home in the Mediterranean area, updated to the new principles of Industry 4.0. She is a visiting professor at the Bari Polytechnic school of specialisation and co-founder of the “New Fundamentals Research Group”, of which she is editor-in-chief. She exhibited at the Milan Furniture Show in 2014 and 2016.
Serena Confalonieri (1980) is an independent designer and art director based in Milano. She works on product, graphic and textile design projects and collaborates with many italian and international companies. Her works are placed in-between product and graphic design: an accurate research on the surfaces is always present in her projects. After a Master Degree in Interior Design, she started her career working in many architecture and design practices in Milano, Barcelona and Berlin, and collaborating with the Interior Design Faculty of Politecnico di Milano as assistant professor. In 2013 she makes her debut at Milano Design Week with her Flamingo rug, produced by Nodus. During the years she’s been selected for design residencies and workshops in Italy and abroad (New York, Mexico, Portugal), her works have been published by important newspapers and magazines (The New York Times, Corriere della Sera, Il sole 24 ore, Wallpaper, Interni, Ottagono, L’Officiel, Elle Décor…), she won prizes such as a Special Mention at the Young&Design Awards 2014 and at the German Design Awards 2016 and her works have been exhibited in important locations such as La Triennale di Milano and Rossana Orlandi gallery.
Craig Copeland is an architect, sculptor and industrial designer who is the Associate Partner in the New York City studio of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects (formerly Cesar Pelli & Associates), and founding partner of Situcraft in Long Island City, New York. Copeland joined Cesar Pelli and Associates full-time following graduate studies in architectural design at Yale University. In 1996, Copeland was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in Rome, and subsequently a Visiting Artist studio at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. In 2008, Copeland began a decade of annual design collaborations with a variety of Italian stone companies at Marmomac; and in 2016 opened his stone carving and design studio in New York City, launching a furniture company focused on stone design, Situcraft.
Cutino (BCT Design) studied at the Institute of Art in Verona and the Polytechnic School of Design in Milan, where he graduated in Industrial design with lecturers of the calibre of Bruno Munari and Attilio Marcolli. Proprietor of BCF design studio, Cutino began his career in 1980, having explored innovation and developed research in product design for more than forty years. Over the last ten years, BCF has won many international awards including the Mentions at the Compasso d’Oro in 2016 and the ADI index 2020.
CrivéStudio debuted in 2004 winning the International ideas competition for Fiume Veneto. He exhibited for Salone Satellite in Milan in 2009. Member of ADI for the past 10 years, he collaborated with important business realities in the Veneto region and combines the practices of architecture and design with a multidisciplinary approach.
Cristian Dal Bianco
Born 24 April 1977, Dal Bianco graduated in industrial design in 2001 at the Italian Design School in Padua. Between 2002 to 2004, he gained wide-ranging experience thanks to many collaborations with design, graphics, interior and architecture studios. In 2004, he began collaboration with designer Gino Carollo as product designer in the furniture sector, thereby developing products for important national and international companies, designing items for their showrooms and exhibition installations both in Italy and abroad. In 2018, in collaboration with Chyba Studio in Vicenza, he followed up a number of important projects for the Chinese market. In 2020, in collaboration with Gili Creations, he coordinated as project manager the development of furnishings for a hotel of the Seaside group in Lanzarote. A great many inspirations lead us towards the definition of an idea, from science to history by way of art and individual daily experiences. The ideal alchemy emerges from an ability to dose these precious ingredients with sensitivity, while equally not overlooking the necessary practicality and effectiveness that every project requires.
Lorenzo Damiani, born in 1972, graduated in Architecture at Milan Polytechnic. He follows furniture and product design and has worked with several companies including Cappellini, Campeggi, Ceramica Flaminia, Montina, Illy Caffè, IB Rubinetterie, Caimi Brevetti, Luce di Carrara, Lavazza and Nodus. The Triennale Design Museum in Milan has dedicated a personal exhibition to him entitled “Where did the inventors go? Lorenzo Damiani”, curated by Marco Romanelli. In 2012, two other personal shows: “Lorenzo Damiani: Senza Stile”, curated by Giovanna Castiglioni held at the Achille Castiglioni Foundation, and “Prova a Prendermi”, curated by Silvana Annicchiarico at the Triennale di Milano. For the sixth edition of the Triennale Design Museum in Milan he designed the staging dedicated to the Castiglioni brothers. His projects are present in the permanent collection of the Chicago Athenaeum, the Triennale Museum and the Vitra Museum.
Laura De Stefano
Born in Milan, she graduated in Architecture at IUAV University in Venice. She is enrolled in the Order of Architects of the Province of Verona, where she holds the position of Director of the Board. She is responsible for the Training Committee and is a member of the editorial staff of architettiverona. She has been a consultant for Marmomac’s cultural events for more than ten years, initially as the curator of the “Marmomac meets Design” exhibition and now for “Marmomac & the City“. She also collaborated in the latest editions of the International Stone Architecture Award and the Degree Thesis Award. She alternates design activity with consulting in the trade fair sector to promote culture through specific events organised in Italy and abroad.
Alper Derinbogaz, winner of the International Plan Award for Innovative Architecture, recognized as an “emerging and influential architect”. Derinbogaz graduated from ITU and studied in UCLA and received Fulbright Scholarship. He won the Graduate Award for his master’s studies. He represented Turkey in the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale in its debut year of the Pavilion of Turkey in 2014. He was awarded for A+ Architizer Award in 2015 for his recent work. Currently he is teaching his design studio at ITU and heads the work at his practice.
Chiara Di Pinto, Arianna Lelli Mami
Studiopepe is a design agency founded in Milan in 2006 by Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di Pinto. The focus is on design and research through a multidisciplinary approach. The Studio offers design and creative consultancy, develops creative concepts for fashion and design brands, designs interiors for private and retail sectors, produces collections for companies as well as art and design galleries. Studiopepe’s projects are acknowledged for their strong iconographic identity, based on experimentation, constant research into colour and materials, as well as interplay between different contemporary languages in order to achieve a special result that reflects the individuality of each client.
Cristina Díaz Moreno, Efren Gª Grinda
Amid.cero9 cultivates an afterpop approach to the contemporary notion of space that enlists sociology, technology, media, politics and representation in projects ranging from architecture (Cherry Blossom Pavilion in Jerte Valley, Spain, Giner de los Ríos Foundation in Madrid, Diagonal80 Industrial Pavillion in Madrid) to design (ESA Pavillion), ecosystemic studies (The Magic Mountain in Ames, We as a plague in Rome, TRP in Venice) and hybrid urban projects (Aijalaranta in Jyväskylä, or Hhouse in Balearic Islands). Cristina Díaz Moreno & Efren Gª Grinda are both architects and founders of amid.cero9. They are Visiting Professors at SAC Städelschule Architectural Class, Frankfurt (2016), Directors of an Option Studio at the GSD, Harvard University (2015-) and Diploma Unit Masters at the A.A. School, London (2009).
Francesco Faccin, was born in Milan 1977. In 2003 after having finished his studies in Industrial Design in Milan, Faccin works at the Enzo Mari design studio. In the meantime he starts up his career as a freelance designer, founding his own studio in 2007. In 2009 Faccin meets Michele De Lucchi and since then they work in mutual collaboration for 5 years. He actually collaborates with important Italian and International brands and Design Galleries. His work has been published in the most prestigious magazines worldwide.
Giuseppe Fallacara is an architect and PhD. He is an associate professor of Architectural Design in the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture at Bari Polytechnic, where he heads the New Fundamentals Research Group. Coordinator of “CESAR” post-graduate course in Applied Architecture and Restoration of the School of specialisation of Bari Polytechnic. Expert in Stereotomy and Stone Architecture, has been exhibiting at Marmomac since 2005 in the University and Research area. He is a visiting professor at NYIT (New York Institute of Technology) and MISIS (National University of Science and Technology) in Moscow.
Odo Fioravanti since 1998 has worked as an industrial designer, also experimenting graphic and exhibition design. His projects received prestigious international design awards since he created Odo Fioravanti Design Studio. He lectured in many international design schools and academies: Milan Polytechnic, Domus Academy, HEAD Genève. His works have been featured in many International exhibitions. In 2010 the Design Museum of the Triennale di Milano featured the personal exhibition “Industrious Design” about his works. He won in 2011 the Compasso d’Oro Prize ADI with the Frida chair by Pedrali. He also works as a freelance journalist for design magazines. Among his clients: COOP, Flou, Fontana Arte, Foscarini, Land Rover, Normann Copenhagen, Palomar, Pedrali, Toshiba, Vibram.
After studying Fine Arts in Venice, he founded his own design studio in 1993. He specialised in designing injection moulded plastic products, and his interest in manufacturing processes and technology later led him to experiment with new solutions and exhibition formats, especially in the field of marble and natural materials. He designed many products and collections with major companies in the industry, exploring the main features of stone, such as surface, gravity, translucency, colour, the use of digital technology and waste reduction. His projects have been published in books and magazines and exhibited in museums and international events. He is also the curator of Marmomac’s experimental pavilion in Verona. He currently teaches design at the University of Ferrara.
Italian designer Emanuel Gargano was born in Assisi, Umbria. The region profoundly shaped his creative and emotional sensibilities, and he continues to live and work there despite the fact that various experiences bring him to different parts of the globe. After graduating from the ISIA of Urbino, he moved to London and collaborated with architect Claudio Silvestrin, where he successfully grasped his calling to blend the concepts of “void” and “nothingness” regarding space, interpreted as his expression and perspective towards design. Currently his professional life is carried out between his firm in London and his laboratory in Assisi, where he studies and develops his artisanal approach and material research. It would be impossible to confine his multifaceted activities to a single professional field, as his work ranges from architecture to industrial design, contemporary art, and the study of light. His works reveal a deep fascination with both natural and synthetic materials, and he forges all kinds of physical matter in search of its innermost soul, a process that is likely parallel to what life itself continues to do with him day by day.
Born in a forest of millennium oaks just before the eighties, Sylvestre has past most of his childhood climbing trees and observing nature and later on surfing waves around the globe. Sylvestre was a sculptor before being born, always with things and tools in his hands and his imagination would do the rest, extremely sensitive, perceptive and a bit shy. He graduated at the Accademia Belle Arti of Carrara and worked then in various institutional art studios in Pietrasanta where he mastered his techniques of carving marble, especially monumental pieces and eventually created his own studio to make his own pieces. His sculptures are now part of public and private collections in the major cultural capital around the globe such as Paris, London, Rome, Amsterdam, Hong-Kong, Dubai, Pietrasanta where he works and The Hague where he lives.
Gentile was born in 1981 and is CEO and Art Director at ARTEMIA. In 2004, thanks to Aldo Cibic, Gentile had the opportunity to exhibit the Vuccumprà group project – New Stories New Design – at the Venice Biennial, Milan Design Week and the VI Shanghai Architecture Biennial. He began his professional career in 2006 during an internship with Studio Dumbar, NL remaining there for several months. Since 2011, he has held several university courses and is currently Professor of Visual Communication 2 at ISIA Roma Design; over the years, he has taught Typography at IUAV University in Venice and Visual Communication, Printing, Publishing and Graphic Design at Boston University and IUSVE.
Daniel Germani travels the world doing collaborative design work with leading global brands such as Gandiablasco, Cosentino, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, Poliform and Riva 1920 among others. His work has earned top industry accolades such as the Interior Design Best of Year Award (2017 and 2018), the Good Design Award (2018), the NYXDesign Award (2018), the coveted Phoenix Home and Garden’s Masters of the Southwest Award (2018) and the German Design Award (2019). Daniel’s global design leadership has earned him several panel engagements at top industry conferences and fairs from The Montreal World Design Summit, panels at London’s Clerkenwell Design Week, Milan Furniture Fair, Dubai’s Design Week to the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in the USA. Daniel is the Creative Director of Gandiablasco and the Creative Director of Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens.
Stefano Giovannoni was born in La Spezia and graduated in architecture in Florence. He lives and works in Milan. He has collaborated with companies such as Alessi, Deborah, Fiat, Henkel, Honeywell, Inda, Laufen, Lavazza, LG Hausys, Magis, Ntt Docomo, Oregon Scientific, Pepsico, Pulsar, Samsung, Seiko, Siemens, 3M, Telecom and Toto, etc. In 2016, during the Salone del Mobile in Milan, he presented his own Qeeboo brand.
Stefano Goffi was born in Mantua in 1984 and after enrolling in the faculty of architecture at the Politecnico of Milan he was trained as a craftsman-modelmaker in Cino Zucchi’s studio. At CZA he was in charge of the model workshop and participated in the exhibition design and site supervision of many installations, such as: “In the body of the city” at the MAXXI in Rome, “Copycat” at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, the Italian Pavilion “Innesti / Grafting” at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale and “Sempering” at the XXI Triennale di Milano. From 2017 to 2018 he collaborated with David Chipperfield Architects in Milan. Coordinated the exhibition layout of “Everyday Wonders” at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale and the XXII Triennale di Milano “Broken Nature” curated by Paola Antonelli.
Laura Fiaschi (Carrara, 1977) designer e grafica | Gabriele Pardi (Viareggio, 1966) – architetto
They deal with architecture, industrial design, graphics, art direction for companies and events. Among their clients AntonioLupi, Biennale di Venezia, De Castelli, De Vecchi Milano 1935, Museo Pecci, Nastro Azzurro, Red Bull Italia, San Pellegrino, Savema, Styl’Editions, Triennale di Milano. They have won many prizes, among which Edida 2021 Award and Adi Design Index 2021 for the Borghi collection designed for AntonioLupi, Adi Booth Design Award for stand antoniolupi Nomination Edida 2020 for the Gessati collection designed for AntonioLupi, Adi Booth Design Award category Research for stand Styl’editions, the Premio Donna del Marmo 2019, Best Communicator Award 2014, the First Prize at the Creativity International Competition “Swiss in Cheese”.
They are involved, in the University area, with open classes, workshops and they cooperate with the “Free University” of Bolzano, the Cried of Milan, the Ied of Florence and Rome; since 2017 they are coordinators and teachers of the first Masters in Design – Innovation and Product for High-Crafts at the IED Florence.
Steven Holl is a faculty member of Columbia University, where he has taught since 1981. In July 2001 Time Magazine named Steven Holl the best American architect for “buildings that satisfy the spirit and the eye“; more recently, he received the AIA 2012 gold medal and the Jencks Award 2010 from RIBA. Other awards include the first artistic prize of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards (2008), Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (2003), the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture of the Smithsonian Institute (2002), the Grande Medaille d’Or (2001), the prestigious Alvar Aalto medal (1998) and the Arnold W. Brunner in Architecture Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the New York American.
Li Hu, Huang Wenjing
OPEN is an international team of architects. It was founded by Li Hu and Huang Wenjing in New York City, and established its Beijing office in 2008. OPEN believes in the innovative power of architecture to transform people and the way they live, while striking a new balance between the manmade and nature. OPEN has been widely recognized for its innovative work, with such recent awards as the 2015 AIANY Design Award, the London Design Museum’s Design of the Year 2015 Nomination, and the Winning Prize of WA Awards for Chinese Architecture among others. Recent major projects by OPEN include: Gehua Youth and Cultural Center, Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus, Tsinghua Ocean Center, Pingshan Performing Arts Center and Tank Shanghai, etc.
Giulio Iacchetti, industrial design since 1992, designs for many brands including Abet Laminati, Alessi, Artemide, Danese, Coop, Foscarini, Magis, Moleskine. The distinctive characteristics of his work is the research and definition of new object typologies, like the Moscardino, the biodegradable spoon/fork designed with Matteo Ragni and for which, in 2001, he has been awarded with Compasso d’Oro. In May 2009 the Triennale di Milano held a solo exhibition entitled “Giulio Iacchetti. Disobedient objects“. He also curates several exhibitions: “Cruciale“, “K-ration, the meals for soldier in action” and “Clothespin”. In November 2012 he launches Internoitaliano, the “factory network” made up of many craftsmen labs with whom he signs and produces furniture and accessories inspired by the italian way of living. In 2014, he won his second Compasso d’Oro for the design of the manhole covers Sfera, designed with Matteo Ragni for Montini.
Massimo Iosa Ghini
Massimo Iosa Ghini (Bologna, 1959) is an architect, graduated from the Polytechnic of Milan. Since 1985 participates at the forefront of Italian design, Bolidismo for the group, which he founded, and is part of the Memphis group with Ettore Sottsass. His professional development as an architect is expressed in product design, architectural and museum planning, public transport, as well as in the design of retail chains all over the world, developing projects for major international groups such as Ferrari, Capital Group, IBM Italia, CMC Group Miami, Seat Yellow Pages, Alitalia and many others. On 2015, one of his retail concept, KIKO MILANO, wins in the BEST RETAIL GLOBAL EXPANSION category at MAPIC 2014. On April 25th 2015, Fondazione Marconi and Marconi Institute for Creativity conferred the Marconi Award for Creativity to Massimo Iosa Ghini in recognition of his creativity skills.
Isherwood’s work has been exhibited widely in public museums and private galleries all over the world, including the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy; the McNay Museum, in San Antonio, Texas; and the Kunsthalle in Mannheim, Germany. His work can be seen in more than 25 public collections. Isherwood has completed more than 30 commissions in the private and public sector. His sculptures have been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, ArtNews, The Washington Post, Sculpture Magazine, Partisan Review and The Guardian UK. He has been interviewed, among many other, by British broadcasters WAMC Public Radio and The Culture Show, BBC Television. He has held conferences at numerous colleges and universities in the United States, Europe and China. He teaches at Bennington College VT and is President of the Digital Stone Project.
Setsu & Shinobu Ito
Both Japanese designers with a broad work experience in architecture, interior and space, product, industrial and packaging design. Setsu Ito, graduated from The University of Tsukuba, began collaborating with Alchimia_Alessandro Mendini, and then with great master Angelo Mangiarotti. Shinobu Ito, graduated from Tama Art University in Tokyo, started her career for CBS Sony in Sony Creative Products and attained a Master Degree at Domus Academy, Milan. They opened their design studio in 1997. They have received numerous international design awards such as “Compasso d’ Oro” (IT). They are visiting professors of Politecnico of Milan, Raffles Milano (IT) and The University of Tsukuba and Tama Art University (JP). Both are Fellow Researcher of the Research Center for Advanced Science & Technology at The University of Tokyo (JP). They are a part of jury of the IF Design Award 2015 (DE).
Born in Japan in 1941, Ito was graduated at the University of Tokyo in 1965. In 1971 he opened his own studio in Tokyo, which changed its name in 1979 to Toyo Ito & Associati. He is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, a member of the Japanese Institute of Architecture and an Honorary Professor at the University of North London. His projects takes nature’s inspiration, “from the air, from the water and from the wind”. For him, architecture “is not a tool” but “a meeting place for people’s feelings”.
At the age of 71, he won the Pritzker Prize, the Nobel of architecture awarded by the Hyatt Foundation. Recognized for having experimented with new possible relationships between the shell and the structure, Toyo Ito has tried to blend the organic, natural approach with technological research. His goal is to ensure that his projects, once constructed, are contextualised and integrate well thanks to intangible and mobile elements.
The Sam Jacob Studio’s work explores the relationship between architecture and the world around us, developing new relationships between contemporary approaches, history and culture. The studio is led by Sam Jacob whose work has been published and exhibited internationally including at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016 and 2014 (where he was co-curator of the British Pavilion), Spaces Without Drama at the Graham Foundation (2017), Chicago, A Very Small Part of Architecture in Highgate Cemetery (2016), and a forthcoming project for the 2017 Chicago Biennial. Jacob is Professor of Architecture at UIC, Chicago and Visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture. He is columnist and critic for Dezeen and Art Review as well as Contributing Editor for Icon magazine.
Kuma was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture in 1954. He graduated at the University of Tokyo in 1979. In 1987, after visiting Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York, he founded the “Spatial Design Studio” (now “Kengo Kuma & Associates “). Today Kuma is a professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology at Keio University.
I’m a professor in the Urban and Architectural Design at the University of Catania, based in Syracuse. I’ve teached at the Architectural Mendrisio Accademy. I’ve exhibited my works in more editions of the International Architecture Exhibition at Biennal in Venice. I received several awards and honors: in 2015 I won the national prize “Italian Architect Prize 2015”, from National Council of Architects, Planners, Landscape Architects and Conservationists; in 2013 I won the first prize for an international competition “ARCH & STONE’13” Stone Architecture of the New Millennium International Award Architecture in Stone 2Nd Edition; in 2012 I was selected (Phase I – II) for the Mies van der Rohe Award. Barcellona 2013; in 2012 I won the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture 2012, which is awarded from La Triennale di Milano.
Vincenzo Minenna graduated in Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Bari (Italy). A designer and PhD, since 2011 he has worked as a researcher and contract Professor in Industrial Design at the Polytechnic University of Bari. He focuses on design with stone as well as furniture and product design in the parametric design field, especially as regards innovation in production processes and digital design. In 2014, he founded the Suit-design collective that collaborates with several companies including Monacis, Pi.Mar, Antolini, Track Design and KaD3. His work has been published in several magazines.
He pursues the design philosophy of “visual silence”, according to which forms should be basic and minimalist, stripped of any unnecessary excess. An entrepreneur and a designer, Alberto Minotti has always dealt with furnishings, inextricably linked to natural stone. Born in Verona, the son of Adriano – founder of kitchen company Minotticucine – Alberto started to work in the family business when he was very young, gaining considerable experience in the field of kitchens and furnishings over the years. Alberto Minotti also serves as Creative Director at Minotticucine and Maistri, both owned by the Asso Group in Verona.
Josep Mias graduated in Architecture from Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura in Barcelona, Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya in 1992. He worked with Enric Miralles as an Associate Architect 1990-2000. In 2000, he founded Studio Mias Arquitectes. He has won numerous awards in international competitions, including: Banyoles Old City refurbishment, Clubhouse Golf Fontanals de Cerdanya, Barceloneta Market, Tibidabo Amusement Park, Plug-in Building 22@, Dakar Music Center_Senegal, Arenys Mental Health Center and iGuzzini Barcelona Corporate Building.
Andrea Morgante, degree in Architecture form Ferrara, moves to London in 2001, where he becomes Future Systems’ Associate Director from 2001 to 2008. In 2009 Andrea establishes Shiro Studio, a multi-disciplinary practice focused on Architecture and product design based in London. In 2012 Andrea art-directed and completed the construction of the Enzo Ferrari Museum, Modena. Since 2009 the studio has completed projects for, amongst others, Ferrari, Alessi, Armani, M&C Saatchi, Peroni, Asahi, Agape, Poltrona Frau, Seiko Japan, Nodus. Selected pieces have been displayed at the Royal Academy of Art, London Design Museum, Venice Biennale. Alongside the design practice Andrea regularly lectures at various Universities, including the Milan Polytechnic.
Straightforward, a dreamer and eclectic: her mind and soul are a combination of flavours and colours of the South of the world – known, loved and lived – together with the taste and forms of the West, rich in traditions, open and continuously in movement. All of this produces her untiring curiosity in her research for matters and materials, forms and structures. In her research for the present, the past and the future. Paola Navone is an architect. She is a product designer, an interior decorator and art director. She is a creator of exhibitions and events all around the world. In 1983, she won the prestigious Osaka International Design Award. She is Designer of the Year in 2000 for the magazine Architektur & Wohnen. In 2011 won the Elle Deco International Design Awards for two project. On 2014 she has been inducted into Interior Design Magazine’s prestigious Hall of Fame. On 2018 she win the Elle Deco International Design Awards for the category outdoor furniture. She has worked and still cooperates with the most important companies of the international and Italian stage of the design world.
Toan Nguyen opened his own studio in Milan in 2009 and began a successful series of collaborations with international brands such as Dedon, Laufen, Fendi Casa, Coalesse, Teknion, Studio TK, Vibia, Viccarbe,Walter Knoll, Lema, Busnelli, RH and many other leaders in industrial and high quality craftsmanship sectors embracing furniture, lighting, ceramics and technological products. A great many of his creations have won several prestigious international awards.
Born in Nice, he studied applied arts and product design in Lyons and Paris. He divides his career between Italy and France. From 1999 to 2012, he collaborated with Michele De Lucchi to develop product, furniture and interior design projects for Olivetti, Siemens, Poltrona Frau , Artemide, Danese and Poste Italiane. As of 2005, some of his experimental projects have been supported by VIA in France (Valorization of innovation in furniture); products developed in this context, such as the “Confluences” sofa and the Twin-Chairs for Ligne Roset, are included in the collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He designs creations for De Castelli, Felicerossi, Pibamarmi, Serralunga And Skitsch. Between 2012 and 2014, he designed the Nuage lamp for Foscarini, the Pilotis sofa for De Padova, the Clochette and Céleste lamps for Baccarat and the “Les Nécessaires d’ Hermès” for Hermès.
Architectural degree from Politecnico of Milan and initial work experience and collaborative projects with Bruno Munari and Isao Hosoe. During the same period also studies music. Areas of activity range from architecture, interior and product design, art direction, teachings to musical production and composition. He designed many things: houses, guitars, lamps, vases, tables …, chocolates. As art director has followed various projects and business routes, including Invicta, 2007; DesignRe; Lefel (design project by Feltrinelli publishing) 2009-2010; Arthemagroup, 2010; Stone Italiana since 2012.
From 1997 he also teaches. Held lectures and conferences in Italy and abroad Institute. In the musical field: composes for theatrical performances, films and specific events. In 2009 comes out his first pop album “preparativi per la pioggia”. In 2014 comes out his second pop album “erbamatta”. Now is launching his new record “la natura del parafulmine”. A few of his clients: Fumagalli componenti, Valenti Luce, Arthemagroup, Korg, Noah guitar, Garofoli, Andreoli, Guzzini, Invicta, Upgroup, Caffè River, De Vecchi, Nissan, Feltrinelli, Napapijri, Pandora Design, Lavazza, Corvasce, Danese, Caimi Brevetti, DeVorm, Valcucine, Ernst Knam, Stone Italiana, Dornbracht, ECO-oh!.
He partecipates to important design personal and collective exhibitions. His projects won numerous international prizes. In 2017 he was nominated as “Italian Design Ambassador” for the “Italian Design Day”.
Ludovica + Roberto Palomba
Ludovica+Roberto Palomba, architects, work and live in Milan. They founded Palomba Serafini Associati in 1994. They received numerous international awards such as Compasso D’Oro, Elle Decoration International Design Award, Red Dot, Design Plus, Good Design Award, German Design Award. Ludovica+Roberto Palomba plan architectures and design exhibitions worldwide. They work for and are art directors for some of the most established brands. Brand Credits: Antolini, Benetti, Bisazza, Boffi, Brix, Cappellini, Dornbracht, Driade, Elica, Elmar, Exteta, Fiam, Flaminia, Foscarini, Kartell, KitchenAid, Kos, Laufen, Lema, Plank, Poltrona Frau, Rapsel, Redaelli, Salviati, Sawaya & Moroni, Samsung, Schiffini, Tubes, Valli&Valli, Viccarbe, When Objects Work, Zanotta, Zucchetti.
A student of the language of building materials, Vincenzo Pavan graduated with a degree in architecture in Venice in 1968. He has organised conventions, architecture seminars, awards, competitions and master classes on the subject of the language of stone. In 1979 he began organising architecture exhibitions and conferences for museums and public institutions. Since 1985 he has worked with Veronafiere as a promoter and coordinator of events aimed at revitalising stone culture in architecture and design and the promotion of companies in the marble industry. He has taught at various universities abroad: New Jersey Institute of Technology, Université de Montreal, Yeung-jin College in Tegu Corea, Texas Tech University in Lubbok. He teaches in the department of architecture of the University of Ferrara.
Exciting, fluid, functional, this is the language that distinguishes Marco Piva’s architectural creations, product design and interior design. The effort in material research and technology, the value of differentiation and innovation, leads to an intense design production become one of the most representative in the contests of the Italian creativity and design. Studio Marco Piva works ranges from Masterplan to Architecture, Interior and Industrial design. Marco Piva, a traveller and a designer, is an innovator who is dedicated to create unique design solutions pervaded by stylistic freedom. Currently, Studio Marco Piva is engaged in the development of hotel complexes and prestigious private houses in China, United States, India, Montecarlo, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Algeria and Albania, and in the creation of design furniture and complements for the main companies.
Pongratz Perbellini Architects
Christian R.Pongratz, founder of Pongratz Perbellini Architects, is director of the Digital Design and Fabrication Program and professor of architecture at Texas Tech University. PPA’s numerous awards include: Compasso d’Oro XXI, Silver Prize at the Miami Biennial and First Prize at the International Estetica Design Award. Maria Perbellini, founder of Pongratz Perbellini Architects, is Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and professor of architecture at Texas Tech University. His articles have been published in The Ark, Interni, Space Magazine and Korean Architects. The PPA Studio authored Peter Eisenman, Natural Born CaaDesigners, Cyberstone, Digital Media, Urban Stage and Digital Design and Fabrication Vol. 1.
He was born in Carrara in 1982. After the Study of Architecture. Since 2013 he devoted himself to design, specializing in the context of the marble.
Born in Rimini in 1978. Federico Rossi studied architecture at the Architectural Association of London. After working with Nigel Coates and Zaha Hadid founded Frform.com where he continues to develop his interest in design and digital manufacturing. In 2010 started his academic career as a professor at London South Bank University where he founded the DARLAB – Digital Architecture Robotic Lab. In 2013 participated at Salone del Mobile for Federlegno Arredo with the Vaulted Table and then exhibited at NYC’s IFCC and published on Wired Magazine. From 2015 started a collaboration with the visual artist Davide Quayola, developing Sculpture Factory and in 2016 exhibited a project at the Royal Academy Summer Show.
Valeria Eva Rossi
An architect and designer from Tuscany. After having lived and worked in France and China, where she exhibited her works in Shanghai and other cities, she currently lives in Turin. Travel is a source of inspiration for this designer’s creations and marble is often a major exponent. Attention to detail, harmony of forms and dialogue between architecture, design and art characterize her creations, through a play of often unconventional balances. She work as a designer is expressed through different project scales: from the grand scale of architecture, to interior design and small jewellery, where her passion for design and marble finds a new form of expression.
Charn Yu Cynthia Sah
Cynthia was born in Hong Kong in 1952 and grew up in Japan and Taiwan. She completed her studies with a degree from Bard College in New York and a Master from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Her works are to be found in many public and private collections around the world. Many are on show in Taiwan at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the Hualien Cultural Center, the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts and the Taichung National Museum of Fine Arts; the Hong Kong Museum of Fine Arts; the Azuchi-cho Cultural Center in Japan; the International Sculpture Park in Farum, Denmark; Stiching Utopa Foundation in Voorhout, the Netherlands, not to mention various private commissions for hotels and property entrepreneurs.
Designer and artist, she lives and works in Milan. Graduated from Polytechnic University of Milan, she founded her own studio in 2009, working as a designer and artist/illustrator for leading companies in the creative industry. Her creations are the result of a combination of art and design; utmost care for details, painstaking search for the harmony of shapes and poetic style characterize her projects. One of her work’s priorities is the search for the expressive language of objects, which may fascinate people by evoking emotions. Her projects have been selected for various international exhibitions. In 2017 she won the “Salone del mobile design Award” as “Miglior designer emergente“. Since 2107, the Ministero degli Affari Esteri has appointed her as an ambassador of Italian design in the world. In 2018 she was appointed Ambasciatrice of Brera Design District.
Sandini is from Thiene, near Vicenza, and earned her degree in architecture at IUAV Venice. She focuses on the planning of Exhibition design, Interior design and architecture. Background training in the context of 1960s design within her family, she also owns a furniture shop. The most significant experience was with Veronafiere, where she worked as Project Manager for 20 years. She coordinated the cultural exhibitions for “Abitare il Tempo” – an excellent opportunity for getting to know some of the leading figures in the world of architecture. In particular, since 2000 she has developed projects within the scope of Luxury Interior Design, including an important décor project for Drama Theatre in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Denis Santachiara is a free-thinking designer and outsider on the international scene who made his debut with works between Art and design, exhibited at various events, including the 1980 Venice Biennial; He is also a curator of set-ups and exhibitions: these include personal show at Des’Art Museum IN Lyons and the Vitra Museum; “Neomerce, the design of invention and artificial ecstasy” 1984, Milan Triennial; The Pompidou Centre in Paris, with a manifesto and international landmark show for “Performative, ecno-poetic and ironic” neo-design. He collaborates with numerous Italian and international companies in the main industry and design sectors. Recent awards include the Compasso d’Oro 1986, the Good Design Award in 1999, Design World in 2000 and the Italian Academy Award in 2010 for the Made in Italy Worldwide image.
Tobia Scarpa is the author of numerous projects ranging across design, architecture, urban redevelopment and even boats. He works for public and private sector clients, including Benetton Group, B&B Italia, Cassina, Flos, Gavina, Knoll International, Goppion, Maxalto, Meritalia, Molteni, San Lorenzo, Stildomus and Unifor. His international awards include “Compasso d’Oro” (1969 and 2008) and “IF Industrie Forum Design Hannover” (1992).
Born in Rimini in 1959, Roberto Semprini studied architecture in Florence. In 1987 he joined the Bolidismo Movement which expresses design in a futuristic way. To Milan, he work as a freelance journalist for several design magazines. In 1989 he designed the sofa “Tatlin” which was produced by Edra, winner of the prestigious TOP TEN in Dusseldorf. In 1994 he designed the table “Manta” produced by Fiam, it was winner of the Young & Design awards. His products are part of the permanent collection of the Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts in Canada and the New Museum of Design in London. In 2000 to Rimini he opened “RM 12 Art & Design”, a gallery and studio. Realise high-impact projects and he collaborate with numerous design firms. He give seminars in faculties of design national and international. Professor to Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Milan) and Professor for Chiara Fama of Outdoor Design course at the Politecnico di Milano.
An industrial designer since 1994, when Stard designed the city bike chosen for the Ayrton Senna Foundation line. Between 1995 and 2014, he was product manager at Deroma. He collaborates with various companies, including Margraf and Lapitec; during his career, he has also lectured at ISIA in Faenza and given lessons at a number of design and economics faculties, focusing on the relationship between design and logistics, as well as coordinating meetings dedicated to industrial production. In 2020, he designed several marble tables with artist Giulia Bogoni.
A.c.M.e. Studio (Raffaella Braggio, Giovanni Castiglioni, Filippo Legnaghi, Moreno Zurlo) is a partnership established in Verona by a group of architecture graduates from different Italian universities (Venice, Milan, Rome). In the last ten years, AcMe has stood out with its work in diverse fields: from monument conservation and interventions on historic buildings, social housing and residential developments, to ecclesiastical architecture as well as productive and agricultural projects, in particular, wineries.
Luca Scacchetti graduated in Architecture at Milan Polytechnic University in 1975. He teaches in various institutional locations, from Milan Polytechnic University to the European Institute of Design and the Brera Academy in Milan. Studio Scacchetti & Associates focuses on architecture and design, extending fields of action from urban planning to the architectural scale of buildings, both public and private, and residential and hospitality uses, from interiors to individual objects in several European and non-European countries. In Shanghai, he designed and built for the 2010 International Expo a new model residential district in Pu Jiang South – Shanghai. In the design context, the studio collaborates with leading Italian and international companies in furniture, office, lighting, bathroom, coatings and objects sectors. Projects by Studio Scacchetti have been published in the most important sector magazines. Five monographs are dedicated to the work of Luca Scacchetti (1952-2015).
Pio & Tito Toso
Pio and Tito are brothers, they were born in Venice in 1973 and 1971. In Venice they were graduated in Architecture at the IUAV, the University Institute of Architecture of Venice, in 1998. They founded in 1996 the professional studio PIO&TITOTOSO. The Studio works in building projects in different countries. In the Industrial design they work with the most qualified companies: Artemide, Foscarini, Venini, Vistosi, Leucos, for lighting and Alessi, Pedrali, Segis, Fratelli Guzzini, Colombo design, Metalco, Rossi di Albizzate, Frighetto, Fly Line for furniture. They also plan stands, exhibitions, shops, offices and warehouses for several companies, working on the image and the graphics. They received several prices such as the Red Dot Design Award 2017, Compasso d’oro design Index 2016, Design Plus 2016, Selection at the International Compasso d’Oro 2015, Red Dot Design Award 2015, Red Dot Design Award 2012 Good Design Award 2009, I.Dot selection 2006-2007, Young & design 2005. They took part in various exhibitions in Europe ad United States.
Graduated from the Carrara school of fine arts and then Isia of Florence. At the end of 1990 he worked in the studio of Enzo Mari in Milan, where he remained until 1992. He devoted himself to experimentation, participating in numerous collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad. In 2000 he exhibited at the Salone Satellite where he won first prize of the Design Report Award. In 2009, Beppe Finessi curated his first personal exhibition at the Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan. In January 2010 he was hosted at the Triennale di Milano, his second personal exhibition curated by Enzo Mari. In 2011 he won the 1st Social Design Award organised by ADI, and in 2013 he participated in the 6th edition of the Triennale Design Museum with an installation dedicated to Vico Magistretti. He also teaches at some universities and design schools. Some of his projects have become a part of the permanent collection of the Triennale Design Museum, the London Design Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Art.
Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo (Spain). She lives and works in Milan. She studied Architecture at Madrid Polytechnic University and Milan Polytechnic University, where she graduated in 1989 with Achille Castiglioni. She was assistant lecturer for Achille Castiglioni; she collaborated with Vico Magistretti; she was Design manager for Lissoni Associati. In 2001, she opened her own studio, focusing on sectors including product design, interiors and architecture. She has created products for the most important Italian and international companies, including: B&B, Boffi Cucine, Budri, Moroso, Molteni, Mutina, Kartell, Agape, Rosenthal, Baccarat, Kettal, Kvadrat, Andreu World and Hansgrohe. She has won several awards and some of her products are exhibited in major art and design museums. She was an Ambassador of Expo Milano 2015.
Born in 1976, designer Vendrame graduated with honours in Product Design at IUAV University in Venice. After an internship at the studio of architect Michele De Lucchi, he began long-term collaboration with architect Tobia Scarpa until 2019 following up product and interior design projects, museum and exhibition set-ups, graphics, visual communication and photography for renowned clients. In 2020 he founded the ATELIERINDUSTRIA team, where he is Artistic Director. He has also lectured since 2006 at Milan Polytechnic University, the Faculty of Design in San Marino, IED in Venice and the Alma Mater Studiorum in Bologna.
Dustin White is a New York based designer, researcher, and educator. He is the founder of Dustin White Design & Fabrication which is an open and collaborative practice specializing in the development and use of current, new and emerging digital technologies for the design and fabrication of buildings, building components, product design, and experimental installations. Dustin is currently the Director, Digital Technologies and Fabrication at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) School of Architecture and Design. His research and teaching agenda is in the areas of digital fabrication, material experimentation and design. He is concerned with how engineering, materials, and design processes can relate in the built environment through the use of custom software and digital fabrication tools.
Zocchi is an Italian artist and designer. Nature – and its fragile balance – has always guided his design work with its focus on environmental sustainability. In-depth knowledge of materials such as wood and marble – used to shape harmonious projects that also seek to combine ethics and aesthetics – has earned him three international A’Design Awards. A graduate in Industrial Design, he lectures in Interior Design and materials technology at design academies. He dedicates a great deal of attention to the cultural promotion of Italian furniture and design, as well as safeguarding the history of Made in Italy. On 2 June 2018, the President of the Italian Republic awarded him the title of Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
Born in Milano in 1955, Cino Zucchi has earned degrees in Architectural Design at M.I.T. and at the Politecnico di Milano, where he is currently Chair Professor. He has taught in many international design workshops and has been a John T. Dunlop Visiting Professor at the GSD of Harvard University. Author of several articles and books on matters of architectural and urban theory, he participated to various editions of the Milano Triennale and of the Venice Biennale of Architecture, where he has been the curator of the Italian Pavilion in 2014. He has been the chairman of the jury of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture / Mies Award 2015. Together with his studio CZA he has designed and realized several projects, among which the ex-Junghans factory site in Venice, the ex-Alfa Romeo-Portello Nord area and of the Corte Verde in Milano, the Keski Pasila master plan in Helsinki, the Car Museum and the Lavazza HQ in Turin, the Salewa HQ in Bozen.